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Douglas E. Welch

Audio: 5th Annual Live Reading of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Gift from A Gardener’s Notebook! Sunday marked our 5th Annual LIVE Reading of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. We had some new voices this year and had a great time as usual. You can listen to the entire show using the link below. Consider having your own reading of A Christmas Carol, or […]

Building a Native Bee Box

My friend, Keri, has created an excellent “Bee Box” for her garden. Read the entire article at her site. “I’ve been wanting to do this for over a year, build a nesting box for native bees and other insects. My friend Doug Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook had sent me various plans and ideas. I […]

Tip: Let the rain dampen your composter

From the gardenersnotebk Twitter account: A reminder to me by way of a reminder to you. 🙂 – Pop the top on your composter when it rains to give it a good soaking and keep it perking. If you use an enclosed composter like I do, the next time rain is forecast, pop the top […]

Gardening Gift Guide #15: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

#15 Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America One of my favorite parts of the garden are the birds it attracts — everything form the typical sparrows and morning doves to phoebes and even Cooper’s Hawks. The Peterson Guides are a great way to help you identify the birds in your garden and […]

The bulbs have arrived in the garden again

I went out the back door this morning to do some work and was stopped in my track by this first paperwhite of the season. I had noticed the bulb foliage starting to pop up once we got our first rain, but the flowers always seem to arrive unannounced. Here is another paperwhite next to […]

Gardening Gift Guide #14: Fiskars 3-Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set

#14 Fiskars 3-Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set As is sometimes the case, the gardening blogger has no tools. For years I have been making do with cheap hand tools — or none at all. This set from Fiskers could be just the thing. I have been very happy with my other Fiskars tools, so I […]

Gardening Gift Guide #13: Joshua Roth 1516 Japanese Hori Hori Garden Landscaping Digging Tool

#13 Joshua Roth 1516 Japanese Hori Hori Garden Landscaping Digging Tool I came across this on The Cheap Vegetable Gardener blog and immediately added it to my own Amazon wish list. I make due with whatever I have out in the garden and having such a purpose-built tool would be very, very nice. I really […]

Gardening Gift Guide #12: The $64 Tomato

#12 The $64 Tomato Listen to the Review It is a story as old as America itself. When we dream, we dream big. Big houses, big cars and, in the case of The $64 Tomato, big gardens. In this book, author William Alexander details his love/hate relationship with his garden. I knew I was going […]

Gardening Gift Guide #11: Sunset Western Garden Book

#11 Sunset Western Garden Book This is a perennial regular in the gift guide. I still find it an excellent reference guide specifically designed for western gardeners, like myself. A big book and a useful one. All Gift Guide Recommendations: #10 Wellington Boots# 9 Wells Lamont Wet and Muddy Latex Coated Gardening Glove# 8 Garden […]

Gardening Gift Guide #10: Wellington Boots

#10 Wellington Boots Our Fall and Winter rains just started here in Los Angeles but our near-desert environment doesn’t really call for “Wellies” in the garden. That said, these would be appropriate nearly anywhere else. Getting through the Winter and Spring in my hometown in Ohio would have been a whole lot easier with a […]